Supermoon next week `may cause disaster on Earth`

The astronomical event may trigger earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and other disasters.

Last Updated: Mar 09, 2011, 23:39 PM IST

London: The world could be in for a bumpy ride next week when the moon will make its closest approach to Earth in almost 20 years, say experts.
According to them, the astronomical event -- "extreme supermoon" -- may trigger earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and other disasters.

An "extreme supermoon" occurs when the Earth`s natural satellite reaches its absolute closest point. On March 19, the moon will be only 221,556 miles away - the first extreme super-moon in nearly 20 years.

Previous supermoons - or "lunar perigees" – happened in 1955, 1974, 1992 and 2005.

Each year had extreme weather events.

However, TV weatherman John Kettley was quoted by the media as saying, "A moon can`t cause a geological event like an earthquake, but it will cause a difference to the tide. If that combines with certain weather conditions, then that could cause a few problems for coastal areas."

PTI